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Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (Sun). NEW STUFF!
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
“While we survived a February blizzard and Groundhog Day says there’ll be six more weeks of winter, the workweek is finally over and a Super Bowl halftime show awaits us. In lieu of massive game day parties this year, celebrate by bringing your dog to a brand-new sports bar or stuffing your face with Caribbean-inspired hot wings. And if football’s not your thing, from French animation films at home to eating ramen while standing up, the city has plenty to offer this first weekend of February.
Read on for nine of the best things to see, eat, drink, and do this weekend in NYC (and be sure to check out our Weekend Guide podcast streaming below!). And as always, if you venture out, remember to mask up, sanitize, and keep your distance.”
Marezzata is a new Italian restaurant with Japanese influences from the team behind wagyu-focused J-Spec. The name, which means “marbled” in Italian, refers to when high-quality meat is streaked with luscious fat. And here, you will find plenty of it, from American wagyu crocchette to wagyu top sirloin. In addition, choose from menu items like eggplant dengaku fritters, minestrone, chicken Milanese, mentaiko spaghetti, baguette sandwiches, and a squid ink risotto that gets an extra shot of umami from the addition of anchovies.
Cost: Entrees from $16
Lower East Side
New Mediterranean restaurant Sami & Susu is already worth checking out on its own, but starting this week, they’ll also be hosting chef Spencer Bennett (of Chez Ma Tante and Contra) for a two-week residency. Bennett will be whipping up delectable meals inspired by his childhood, like a chicken boudin hand pie with dirty rice and pepper jelly, and a Louisiana lobster roll pita with crawfish salad, aioli, and pickled shallots. Delivery is also available to all of Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens by placing an order one day in advance.
Cost: Dinner packages from $50
By now, you’ve probably wholeheartedly embraced the gift that is alcohol deliveries, but this weekend, upgrade your game: sister restaurants Benno and Leonelli have launched a cocktail club that delivers a rotating selection of their signature drinks every month. Choose from mocktails like the “Spill the Tea,” made with Seedlip Grove and Earl Grey; or allow them to pick for you with the Dealer’s Choice package, which features up to six bottled cocktails per month. As an added bonus, a tasty snack will accompany each order, like fried pasta or marinated olives.
Cost: From $32 a month
Upper West Side
In Japan, tachigui-style eating refers to dining while standing. And during COVID times, any options for a quicker meal offers much appeal. Ramen lends itself particularly well to tachigui as well; try it out for yourself at the new Upper West Side spot Good Ramen to Eat. At eight outdoor high tops, guests can feast on everything from a classic miso ramen with pork to a rib-sticking “Midnight Diner” version made with spam, kimchi, and a six-minute egg.
Cost: Ramen from $16
This weekend, take advantage of staying indoors by viewing movies from the Upper East Side-based French Institute Alliance Française’s fourth edition of Animation First. The festival features the best in French animation, including the US premiere of Calamity Jane, a feminist western about the early life of American frontierswoman Martha Jane Cannary. In all, over 75 works will be available to view, including short films, works in progress, and student films.
Cost: $20 per festival pass
Looking for a new pandemic hobby? In this workshop with the Studio Museum Harlem, teaching artists and visual storytellers, Jazmin Jones and Jeannette Rodríguez-Píneda, will teach students how to make a short film using their own archives. The class will touch on the practices of close-looking and sequencing, as well as how best to tell a story. Especially exciting, participants have the chance to submit their film to be screened at a live program with filmmaker Garrett Bradley, who currently has an exhibition at MoMa.
Seven-layer dips shaped like football stadiums are cool, but they don’t really taste very good. This year, upgrade your game day eats with Portale’s massive “Cena a Casa” package, which includes meatball sliders topped with mozzarella and basil pesto, chicken wings served with gorgonzola dip, margarita pizza, gruyere-cheddar mac and cheese, and lastly—for the ‘gram—brownies in the shape of footballs.
Cost: $100 per package
Being squished shoulder-to-shoulder with other football fanatics may be on hold for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the Super Bowl at a sports bar. At TailGate, an outdoor, COVID-friendly space that just opened, you can even bring furry fans as well. Their festivities for the big game include a dog-friendly PuppyBowl brunch complete with tons of chew toys; and for their human counterparts, cabanas outfitted with private TVs, heaters, and free-flowing drinks. Reserve in advance via Resy.
Cost: $500 minimum spend per cabana
New York is more snow globe than sandy beaches right now, but you can channel the latter with Kokomo’s tasty Super Bowl feast. The Caribbean restaurant is offering a unique take on game day noshes, including mango-habanero-tamarind and Gochujang hot wings, plus shrimp or oxtail flatbreads. Top it all off with a tropical ice cream trio, featuring sweet plantain vanilla, passion fruit caramel, and soursop. Order online in advance.
Cost: Entrees from $17
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“Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more
With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.”
“The Lunar New Year Festival is a celebration of new beginnings and spending time with the family. The festival normally features a parade, colorful fireworks, dance performances, and delicious cuisine. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the event has been moved online, so everyone can celebrate the 2021 Lunar New Year in NYC from the safety of their home.
If you and your family want to participate in the Lunar New Year this year, here is a roundup of some places hosting virtual events. The events feature live performances, puppet shows, food demonstrations, and even crafts. Most require you to RSVP, so register today to participate in the Lunar New Year.”
“Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?”
“Heart-shaped pizzas, at-home sushi-making kits, red velvet cakes, sake and chocolate pairings–these are just some of the takeout offerings and treats that you can order this Valentine’s Day. Since most of us will be staying home, we’ve put together a list of local restaurants with special to-go menus, as well as shops that have yummy holiday treats and edible gifts and even some virtual cooking classes. Ahead, check out all the options and start planning your romantic day (or weekend!).” (6sqft)
“Sanford Biggers, Félix Fénéon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history of itself are some of the exhibitions that remain open to the public.”
WFUV-FM 90.7is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (February 4 – February 10)
2/5 The Besnard Lakes livestream
2/5 The Staves, from London’s Lafayette, celebrating release of Good Woman
2/6 Crooked Fingers’ Eric Bachmann solo show
2/7 Steve Wynn with Linda Pitman, “The Impossible Tour”
2/7 The Kennedys, “Pete’s Pawn Shop” livestream
2/7 Verizon’s Big Concert for Small Businesses feat. Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Alicia Keys
2/9 Shakey Graves, 10th anniversary of Shakey Graves Day livestream
“For some visitors, the stop was merely intended to gaze at the enormous hall complete with an enormous skylight roof and Art Deco clock. Many were spotted craning their necks to take in the open skylight, pivoting their hips taking scenic, panoramic photos. Others searched for fresco portraits created by Kehinde Wiley, which are prominently displayed at the 33rd Street entrance, or the spacious and modern Amtrak lounge on the upper floor.”
Stay home for a bit longer. Mask up, stay smart and stay safe.